Newcastle Utd’s captain back lads to lead Euro charge without him

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew

INJURED Fabricio Coloccini is backing his Newcastle United team-mates to continue their European charge without him.

Coloccini will miss the club’s next two games after suffering a hamstring injury.

Next up for Alan Pardew’s side, level on points with fifth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League, are Liverpool at home on Sunday.

Newcastle are eight points clear of Kenny Dalglish’s team, who have lost their last two games.

Dalglish and his players are under intense pressure ahead of their visit to Tyneside.

United, by contrast, are buoyant and Coloccini has challenged his colleagues to build on back-to-back wins over West Bromwich Albion and Norwich City and push Roberto Di Matteo’s side for an automatic Europa League place.

“We are eight points ahead of Liverpool which is good,” Coloccini told SportMail.

“That is good and now we’re looking at Chelsea. We will try to pass them.

“The manager has said we have to be calm and keep going.

“We have eight games left and we have to give everything if we are to take fifth place.”

Full story in Thursday’s Mail